Where can I find further information on visa and residence in Belgium?

For information on visa and residence it may be useful to check the conditions and procedures on the site of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: http://www.diplomatie.be/en/default.asp

Moreover, on this site you can also find information on the Belgian embassies and consulates and how to contact them. See http://www.diplomatie.be/en/addresses/abroad/default.asp

Admitted candidates are advised to commence the visa application procedure in their home country as soon as possible after admission to the LLM programmes. In some countries visa procedures can take up to 3 months to complete. 

Important note: In a number of countries only the official invitation letter from the university - rather than the faculty's admission letter - will be accepted to complete visa applications. Notwithstanding, all candidates are advised to start their visa application with the faculty letter of admission, pending receipt of the official university invitation letter. 

The LLM programmes support visa applications where possible and endeavours to make enquiries in case an applicant encounters particular difficulties in his/her visa application process. The LLM programmes cannot, however, in any way influence the visa decisions taken by the Belgian Embassies and/or Ministries of Foreign and Internal Affairs .


Important information for Chinese students – Modified visa procedure

The Flemish government has decided that, from the academic year 2007-2008 onwards, all students from the P.R. China will have to obtain a certificate of academic screening issued by the Academic Evaluation Centre (APS) of the German Embassy in Beijing as a requirement for admission to a Flemish institution of higher education and for obtaining a Belgian student visa. The screening should involve a review of documents and an interview. For further information, see the website of APS (www.aps.org.cn/ ) or of the Belgian embassy in Beijing (http://www.diplomatie.be/beijing/ ) or of the Belgian Consulate-General (Shanghai) (http://www.diplomatie.be/shanghai/ )  

We advise students who seek admission to the LLM programmes to contact APS as soon as possible at info@aps.org.cn in order to make the necessary appointments. Please enquire about the cities where interviews are held.

The APS certificate is one of the requirements for applying for a visa. You should, therefore, contact APS prior to applying for a visa.   

The APS application form and further practical information can be found at the APS website (www.aps.org.cn).

Although this governmental requirement also applies for the Ghent University LLM programmes, obtaining an APS certificate is not a prerequisite for submitting your application for admission to the Ghent LLM programmes. Any decision of admission to the programmes is of course subject to you obtaining a Belgian student visa.